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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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McGrigors recruits QC for regulatory push

McGrigors is making a rare hire from the bar as 18 Red Lion Court silk Jonathan Fisher joins the firm’s tax litigation and regulatory team. Fisher will start work at McGrigors in September, initially as an employed barrister but later as a partner when he requalifies as a solicitor. He will advise on business crime […]

Simmons lands Norton Rose Islamic specialist

Simmons & Simmons has poached an Islamic finance specialist from Norton Rose as it looks to capitalise on the growing demand for sharia-compliant products. Associate Muneer Khan will join Simmons as a partner in its Dubai office next month (August). He will work with Abu Dhabi managing partner Ibrahim Muybadeen. Jeremy Hoyland, head of international […]

Bond Pearce snares Bevan IP/IT chief

South West firm Bond Pearce has poached the head of IP and IT from regional rival Bevan Brittan. Gareth Jones will head Bond Pearce’s Bristol-based commercial and IT team. Jones has advised on technology transfer and commercial transactions in the private and public sectors and has experience assisting NHS organisations with their IP rights. He […]

FFW lands chinese aim flotation

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) advised on the £70m acquisition and AIM flotation of Chinese media outfit Sun TV Shop. The newly formed company will sell Western luxury brands in China through TV shopping channels, the internet and mobile phones. FFW advised Sun TV Shop on the acquisition of a telecoms network and a host of […]

ANZ boosts global panel to 32 firms

Australian banking giant ANZ has conducted a wholesale review of its legal panel, expanding its roster of external counsel from nine to 32 firms. Australian banking giant ANZ has conducted a wholesale review of its legal panel, expanding its roster of external counsel from nine to 32 firms. The bank’s last review in 2000 saw it […]

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